Bookmarked How to avoid sharing bad information about Russiaโ€™s invasion of Ukraine by Abby Ohlheiser (MIT Technology Review)

Even well-meaning attempts to participate in the news can play into bad actorsโ€™ campaigns.

In light of the Invasion of Ukraine, Abby Ohlheiser shares strategies for how to avoid sharing bad information. This includes Mike Caulfield’s SIFT method, as well as the suggestion that unless you actually know the language be mindful of sharing a particular hot-take.

Before you share, ask yourself: Can you personally translate the language being spoken? Are you equipped to research and analyze videos and photos from sources youโ€™ve never encountered before? Although citizen journalism is often deeply valuable, it requires real skill and training to do well. Be realistic about what youโ€™re able to do, and why.

In addition to this, Ohlheiser talks about the importance of being willing to clean up after yourself.

Both Mitchell and Caulfield outlined similar best practices here: If you share bad information on Twitter, screenshot your mistake, post a correction by replying to or quote-tweeting the incorrect information, and then delete the tweet that contains the misinformation. 

It has been interesting to see the prevalence of information, such as the ability to follow the Russian convoy. However, it is the ease of sharing which I imagine can also have detrimental effects.